Almost all anal cancers
are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection

HPV is found in more than 90% of anal cancers.

4 out of 5 people become infected with HPV over their lifetime

In most cases, HPV infection is asymptomatic. In some people, the infection can lead to the formation of precancerous lesions that can turn into tumours over time. Each year in the US, there are about 10.000 anal cancers caused by HPV infection.

Find out what HPV is

Protecting yourself from HPV has become easier

The HPV virus is transmitted mainly, but not exclusively, sexually. Through contact with the skin and mucous membranes.
Anal HPV is one of the most common forms of HPV infection for homosexuals, but it can also affect heterosexuals and women of any age.

Learn how to prevent HPV

The presence of HPV in the anal area, regardless of gender, is responsible for the development of the cancer.

With advances in research, there are now methods capable of early detection of the virus and tools to treat precancerous lesions in an effective and non-invasive way.
In centres specialised in HPV, rapid tests can be carried out to identify the presence of the virus and estimate your risk of developing lesions.

Learn how to treat HPV

Who to contact

Whether you have already had an anal swab for the HPV virus and tested positive or you have doubts that you have contracted the virus or symptoms that make you suspect you have it, see a specialist in your area.


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A diagnosis made by highly specialised professionals is essential to effectively identify and treat lesions caused by the HPV virus. Consult our database and find the specialist nearest you.

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